Dog Breed

German Shorthaired Pointer

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Full Name
German Shorthaired Pointer
Alternate Names
Pointer
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Life Span
12 - 14 years
Weight
45 - 70 pounds
Description

German Shorthaired Pointers are friendly, smart, and bold creatures. They are known for their versatile nature as they can adapt very well. Their will to please their family comes from their affectionate, intelligent, and cooperative nature as they are easy to train. They are the perfect mix of a hard-working hunting/gundog and best-friend in one. It is no surprise they are frequently in the top 10 most popular breeds in the US.

Origin
Germany
Bred For
General hunting
Attachments
Family Considerations
Child Friendly

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

Stranger Friendly

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

Dog Friendly

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

Likes to Cuddle

Does the German Shorthaired Pointer like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.

Playfulness

Does the German Shorthaired Pointer like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

Service Dog Ability

Does the German Shorthaired Pointer make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

Overall Ease of Breed
Ease for Novice

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

Training Potential

How well can the German Shorthaired Pointer be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the German Shorthaired Pointer. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

Amount of Shedding

Does the German Shorthaired Pointer shed a lot?

Ease of Grooming

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Exercise Need

Does the German Shorthaired Pointer need a lot of exercise?

Personality
Intelligence

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Amount of Barking

How much does the German Shorthaired Pointer bark? Does the German Shorthaired Pointer bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

Guard Dog Ability

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer a good guard dog?

Tolerates Being Alone

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer good at staying alone? Is the German Shorthaired Pointer independent?

Home and Environment Considerations
Good for Apartment Living

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer a good apartment dog? Can the German Shorthaired Pointer live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.

Size

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Tolerates Heat

How much does the German Shorthaired Pointer tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a German Shorthaired Pointer?

Tolerates Cold

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Potential to Run Away

Does the German Shorthaired Pointer try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

Physical Characteristics
General Health

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer a healthy dog? The general health of a German Shorthaired Pointer should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

Energy Level

How energetic is the German Shorthaired Pointer? Is the German Shorthaired Pointer too energetic for your lifestyle?

Amount of Drooling

How much does the German Shorthaired Pointer drool?

Prey Drive

Does the German Shorthaired Pointer have a large prey drive? Does the German Shorthaired Pointer like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.

Athleticism

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer atheltic? Is the German Shorthaired Pointer fast and strong?

Breed Variations

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a purebred dog that belongs to the Pointer sub group, which falls under the larger Sporting dog breed group.
Sporting group: Sporting dogs are the natural athletes of the dog world. They have high energy, and always look to be stimulated with some activity or challenge. These dogs thrive in the outdoors- particularly the woods and the water. Sporting dogs include the best swimming dogs, retrieving dogs, and other field activities. They have traditionally been bred to assist hunters find and retrieve birds and other smaller hunting game. Sporting dogs are not known as guard dogs, but because of their alertness and loyalty to their family, with proper training they can be good home protectors as well. Over the years they have become extremely well-rounded, so with plenty of exercise can make excellent home companions. They are willing to please their owners, so if you put the time into training and exercise you will be rewarded with an amazing dog.
Pointer sub-group: The Pointer is graceful, and serious while it is "working." For centuries, the pointer has been "pointing" to ducks and other hunting game for hunters. They have excellent instincts, high energy and speed, and can be trained very well. This makes them the perfect hunting dog, but in today's age more commonly an excellent family dog to an active family- the perfect runner’s companion. The pointer is friendly, and can be trained well, but still is not ideal for a first time owner due to their high energy and demanding nature. They need a firm owner who they can respect, and who can keep them busy.

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